Euroleague Basketball: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona LassaPublished January 21, 2016 by Sol FH
The Euroleague stops at Barclaycard Center in Madrid, as Barcelona comes to town. Tip-off at 19:45 GMT.
Tonight's matchup between Real Madrid and Barcelona is the 23rd time they will have faced each other in European competitions. Now in the round of 16, this crucial Group F showdown will determine, which Spanish team has bragging rights and move up in the standings with just four games to play in the round.
Barcelona may be down in the standings with only one win and two losses, but they are leading the league with fewest turnovers and the most assists. The difference in their losses has been horrible free throw percentage at 65.9%, which has been the reason for the losses so far. The main reason for their excellent control of the ball on offense has been point guard Tomas Satoransky. He is controlling the offensive attack well and can count on Pau Ribas and Juan Carlos Navarro to back him up.
Madrid, as expected is having a more successful year. They are 2-1 and are second in the league in scoring at 85 points per game. Madrid depends less on their smaller men to run the offense, as their big men Felipe Reyes and Gustavo Ayon lead the way. Andres Nocioni, Trey Thomkins and Mo Ndour will have their hands full trying to guard Ante Tomic, Barca's star Center, and they are expecting a physical battle around the rim.
Last year Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 97-93 in the round of 16 and has done the same thing in virtually all clutch games in European competitions. Reyes is only 19 points away from reaching the Euroleague's top ten all time scorers and he could very well move into the prestigious list tonight.
Live Euroleague Betting
The odds are quite tight for outright winner with Real out in front at 1.58, while Barcelona are at 2.50. Punters looking for a more challenging, yet profitable wager should test their skill at Winning Margin, which could pay up to 23.00, and minimum odds of 6.00.
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